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It is a well-known fact in my house that when I am hurting…..I clean. While I clean I ponder events and I try to make sense of them. There are moments that while I am cleaning my kids will catch me actually praying and sometimes I am crying. Crying seems to be something that I do often when I pray because I am so moved by the spirit that there is simply nothing left to do.
Of this weekend, my kids caught their momma doing a lot of praying and crying. Not only because I was sad but because I have been deep in prayer. It was at one point God gave me a reality check… I was feeling sorry for myself. I was ashamed that my kids were seeing me crying and discouraged. You see sometimes being the light in a darkening world is a burden that is hard to bare. It is hard trying to seek works of love, wisdom, and understanding when these words are being twisted to not only offend me but to offend everything I believe in. Yet God reminded me that my walk with Him was never supposed to be easy. This is when I realized that it was a good thing that my children were seeing this Spiritual warfare that was going on inside me.
Life would be so easy to simply keep quiet on things that offend us. It would less heartbreaking if we didn’t have to stand up for what we believe in all the time. It would be even better if we could simply accept our free gift of salvation and not have to do anything else. Even more so when it came to tackling hard and hot topics.
There is a huge problem with this, though. If we always bow down when things get to hard what is that saying about our God? What is it teaching our children? What is it teaching those who do not believe in God?
God reminded me this weekend the importance of allowing our children to see us not only basking in His love but also coming to His defense in the bad times. They need to know that like is not always rainbows and butterflies when it comes to walking with Christ. They also need to know that even the strongest Christian will have times when they are attacked. What we do in those moments of attack is equally important for them to see.
So what does being the light in a dark world look like?
Some think that being the light means that you have to scream and shout from the rooftops. This, however, is not my thoughts. I feel that more souls are won by our actions. The way we carry ourselves, the way we treat others and the way that we stand up for our convictions.
When dealing with non-believers it is important to understand that since they do not understand the concept of hate the sin but love the sinner. This means that if you are using only your words to convey your beliefs that they will, in fact, take it the wrong way. This does and will happen a lot when you are running an online ministry even more so because they do not see the way you treat those around you and those who have different beliefs than you do. In those cases, we really do need to weigh out our words and be prepared because in an instance it can get ugly.
Being the light also means that we have to keep ourselves grounded in scripture. We need to know that even words spoken with grace and love will be taken wrong. That is the world we live in. We all become so offended so easily. Let’s be honest we would be offended with someone questioning our ways even if they delivered it with a nice cup of coffee.
Finally, I am going to leave you with a video that has brought me great encouragement from my dear friend Courtney at Women Living Well. I do believe this woman could make me smile even in the midst of sitting in a pool filled with sharks.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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